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Thursday, 16 May, 2002, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK
Pitcher advertises 'body parts'
Seattle pitcher Jeff Nelson carrying the Olympic flame
Nelson carried the Olympic flame in Seattle
Baseball fans forced the bidding up to $23,600 (16,200) as they battled to buy bone chips from the arm of Seattle Mariners pitcher Jeff Nelson.

Nelson had offered fragments from his elbow for sale on the online auction website eBay after having surgery on his pitching arm.

The site eventually suspended bidding after around 24 hours, saying it did not allow the sale of body parts.

It's kind of embarrassing that someone would want to buy something that came out of your elbow
Seattle pitcher Jeff Nelson

"EBay has a portion of its listing guidelines which covers human parts and remains," spokesman Kevin Pursglove said.

The auction description had indicated that the final bid for the bone chips would go to a charity of Nelson's choice.

And the pitcher is now exploring the possibility of making the sale through Seattle's KJR radio station.

"It was unbelievable how high it (the bidding) got. But I don't know what we are going to do now," Nelson told

"It's kind of embarrassing that someone would want to buy something that came out of your elbow."

It is not the first time baseball fans have been prepared to bid large sums for unusual memorabilia.

Gum chewed during a game by Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks sold for $10,000 (6,865) in April.

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